Nov 19, 2003 — Yeshiva University president Richard M. Joel helped jump-start the winter sports season at the 7th annual “Mac Madness” night on Nov. 19 at the Max Stern Athletic Center. The president welcomed the crowd and tossed up the ball for the opening tap of the student-faculty basketball game, the centerpiece of the night’s activities.
Members of YU’s 11 intercollegiate teams coached and refereed the hard-fought contest. This year’s student team, stacked with undergraduates selected by Student Council leaders, held off a late faculty rally in winning 59-53, avenging last year’s 1-point loss. The 12-member faculty roster included Hillel Davis, vice president of university life, Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, Ira Jaskoll, associate dean of Sy Syms School of Business, Rabbi Mitchell Orlian, and Shopon Mollah, professor of biology.
Team introductions took place during time-outs and between quarters, as players raffled off prizes and distributed t-shirts to more than 600 spectators.
Alex Lapidus and Harel Vatavu of the men’s basketball team and Jacob Sasson of the volleyball squad drew cheers as they competed in a half-time slam-dunk contest. Five judges, led by senior university dean of students, Efrem Nulman and SCW associate dean of students Zelda Braun awarded the championship to Mr. Lapidus after an extra “dunk-off” with Harel Vatavu. In another contest, Richard Lewis of the men’s basketball team edged Shayna Greenwald of the women’s squad in a foul-shooting contest 18-16.
At a post-game party outside the gym, Mrs. Braun, assistant dean of students, Brad Karasik and student leaders treated the crowd to popcorn, cotton candy, and slushies.